Post by KENDALL HUNTER on Feb 8, 2017 13:59:17 GMT -6
timing: Mid March 2011
Manhattan was preferable during the spring and fall when it wasn't freezing and it didn't smell like boiling rubbish. The flowers in Central Park were just beginning to bloom through the rapidly defrosting ground. Kendall Hunter languidly strolled along the path around the castle, reminiscing about many a tryst she had there while her parents and grandparents hosted and attended society parties. Kendall knew when to button up and behave and make a good impression, but she had never been adverse to a little fun.
Kendall tightened her jacket around her. Living in London, she had a knack for dressing like a muggle. Most people who came across her would just think her another city girl. She had spent a lot of time in Manhattan and it was not all that different from London. For one, their accents were much nicer. But the buildings were much taller. It made Kendall feel very small, as if she needed that with curse breaking not going so great.
Suddenly, Kendall stopped in the middle of the path. A jogger cursed at her, which was not completely uncalled for. Kendall scrutinised a spot about fifteen meters away through the trees. She could have sworn she saw red sparks just moments before. She edged towards the place, her hand in her pocket gripping her wand. But when she got there, there was nothing. Kendall looked around, still alert. Was she hallucinating?
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Feb 11, 2017 12:09:57 GMT -6
i shot for the sky.
Anakin wasn't often without family. He spent so much time over at his sister's place, visiting his niece, or bugging his younger brother. To him, his family was everything, and was the motivating factor for his actions every day. Someday, he hoped to add another to that familial circle, and find someone to have children of his own. There were days where that future seemed so far and some where it seemed all that more attainable.
All in all, love had not been something he'd been lucky in. He'd had his share of feats, his share of triumphs and rejections. He was young though, he figured he had plenty of time to sort out that section of his life. Right now, his career had seemed to take the forefront of his obligations and attention - the profession of auror was not an easy one to attempt.
He was enjoying a day off today by taking a walk around the city. The March air was a bit warmer than that of the winter months, and he sought to stretch out his legs, walking off some soreness from yesterday's training. As he made his way down the road, he caught sight of a somewhat familiar blonde head. A little surprised, as he didn't think the woman lived here, he decided to go and say hello. He was ever friendly, ever ready for conversation.
'Hey, Hunter." He greeted her, as he moved closer to her, coming up behind her. At first, she didn't seem to notice him. Her attention was keenly focused, and he noted the hand in the pocket. It may have seemed a casual gesture to a muggle, but to magic-folk, it was a gesture of feeling threatened for whatever reason - reaching for your wand. "What's wrong? Did you see someone suspicious?" He asked, though the area seemed to be empty now.
Post by KENDALL HUNTER on Feb 17, 2017 10:41:39 GMT -6
Kendall peered into the clearing, trying to discern what had made the sparks. She gripped her wand tightly as she looked around. She jumped slightly when she heard her name, and whirled around. A relaxed smile broke across her face as she spotted Anakin, someone she was acquainted with through the Order. She usually stayed silent during meetings, instead choosing to listen with rapt attention. But Anakin was near her age, and it was nice to be with people her own age. "Oh hello, Anakin," she greeted kindly.
Whatever had been the source of sparks was gone now, so Kendall relaxed her grip on her wand and shrugged. "Thought I saw something was all. What brings you here?" she asked, completely unaware of the fact that he might actually live here. Kendall just sort of assumed that as The Order was a British society, everyone lived somewhere in the UK. Though she had noticed his American accent. Maybe he had just relocated? Her thoughts were getting away from her. "Fancy a walk?" asked Kendall suddenly.
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Feb 18, 2017 18:12:18 GMT -6
i shot for the sky.
Anakin followed her gaze again, but still saw nothing. That wasn't to say something couldn't have been there - since they both knew magic was very real, the knew the possibility of things being able to disappear into thin air. Still, it didn't mean that tricks of light and imagination couldn't come into play at all. He had begun to draw closer to the site she indicated, though, his interest and natural Auror instincts kicking into place.
However, when she asked him a question, he turned quickly, deciding it wasn't worth further investigation after all. "What? Oh, I live here. I work at the US Ministry, not the English one. As an Auor." His words came out clumsy and rushed, but he finished the sentiment with a crooked smile that won over most. "And, sure! I'm just enjoying some fresh air. Do you like coffee? There's a cafe I like not far from here." He offered kindly, moving closer to her once more.
Post by KENDALL HUNTER on Mar 1, 2017 5:30:46 GMT -6
Kendall blinked. "Oh shit, really?" she said with an awkward sort of laugh. "Er right, sorry. just sort of assumed everyone was British," said Kendall honestly. Kendall had decided that the light wasn't worth investigating, though in the back of her mind she figured that would come back to bite her in the ass later. She asked if he fancied a walk and he vehemently agreed. Sighing with relief, Kendall nodded.
A cafe? She was thinking more along the lines of a bar, but she did suppose it was a bit early for that. "Brilliant. Lead the way," said Kendall, looping her arm through his. They walked for a bit before Kendall spoke up. "So, I honestly feel like I know nothing about you, Anakin. Besides your weird, Star Warsy name," she said with a smirk. "What do you like to do on Saturday nights?"
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Mar 11, 2017 23:01:00 GMT -6
i shot for the sky.
He raised an eyebrow at her outburst, but it was only out of amusement. He liked Kendall - she seemed fun and spontaneous and all around an interesting person to be around. He felt comfortable around her almost immediately, though it had been suggested before, on more than one occasion, that he perhaps trusted a little too easily. He couldn't help that he wore his emotions on his sleeves or that he was constantly trying to see the best in people, that was just his nature. "Oh, I suppose the American accent didn't give me away?" He teased her a little, having no shame in it. He was giving her a hard time, but it was only because she seemed like one who'd be able to take a joke or two.
She accepted his invitation, and he beamed at her, taking the physical gesture as nothing unusual. He was an affectionate person, so the looping of her arm through his was hardly something that made him feel uneasy at all. After she asked his question, following a few moments of them walking in silence, he shrugged a little. "I mean, I'm hardly an interesting person. Though, I'll have you know, my parents just liked the name itself, though they probably were somewhat of Star Wars fans..." He admitted, laughing a little.
"Um, let's see....I have a twin sister and a wonderful, beautiful niece. I attended Ilvermorny, obviously. I never took anything seriously until the day that little girl was born, and I took way too long to figure out what I wanted to do with my life - I'm an Auror, well, in training to be one currently, at least. Truth is, I'm still not even sure if that's what I'm really cut out to do." He admitted. This was a sentence he'd not ever uttered out loud before, not even to Avery. "And that's about it. Very exciting, I know. I hope you can handle the dramatics. Now, tell me more about you."
Post by KENDALL HUNTER on Mar 20, 2017 8:58:08 GMT -6
Kendall narrowed her eyes, though there was a ghost of a smile on her lips. "Cheers, Anakin. Take the mick all you want," she said, sticking her tongue out in a playful manner. After a moment or two of walking, Kendall asked about Anakin. She didn't know much about him, except now that he was American. With an odd name. She listened to his tale, nodding in all the right places. "To be fair, I've never seen a whole Star Wars film through without falling asleep so you should be pleased that I even know the franchise," said Kendall proudly.
Everything Anakin said made him seem so... Kendall couldn't quite put her finger on it. Cookie cutter, American dream homeboy. Something like that. But there was something missing from Anakin too. She suspected it was due to the fact that he didn't quite know where he belonged. "We don't always know what we're made to do," said Kendall wisely. "But all of that does sound interesting. My gran lives here in New York, but the rest of my family is in Northumberland. I was a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, and I'm a cursebreaker now. One of the first females in history, and certainly the youngest," she said with a grin.
"But other than that... I think I have a bit of a drinking problem, I have some keen obsession with Kenya and I'm engaged to a bloke I have absolutely no feelings for. Suppose that's rather interesting, but I wish my life were less so," said Kendall, chewing on her lip and watching Anakin for his response.
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on May 29, 2017 15:39:19 GMT -6
When she spoke about only managing to watch one movie of the franchise without falling asleep, Anakin couldn't help but snicker a little. "Well, then, you've actually got me beat. I've only seen a few minutes of each one, here and there. The genre really isn't my style. Which is a shame, because as soon as people hear my name, they assume I'm some sort of superfan. As if I managed to name myself..." He said, rolling his eyes a little at the thought.
He listened to her description of herself, his eyes attentive, inquisitive. He liked her mannerisms - she seemed sure of herself, capable, smart....beautiful. That much nobody could deny. Usually, pretty girls had the ability to cast some sort of stuttering spell over him. However, talking to Kendall wasn't so bad. Perhaps it was because she had caught him by surprise or something. Somehow, he was managing to form coherent sentences. This was a plus. "You must be a very talented witch, then." He said. He almost envied the way she spoke, she seemed so happy with the place she'd forged for herself in this world.
The word engaged rang from her mouth, and he balked a little. Engaged? Wasn't she a little young to...be engaged? And to someone she didn't like? This didn't really make any sense at all. "I, um, I've never been to K-kenya." He said, choosing the least risky topic in the sentence. Oh, there was the stuttering.
Post by KENDALL HUNTER on Jun 6, 2017 9:10:49 GMT -6
The corner of her lip turned upwards at the slight stutter in Anakin's words. Kendall had been feeling overwhelmed at the arrangement with Andrew Porter. Not that he was a bad guy or anything, she just didn't think she was one to get married so young. After all, there was so much life to live, she'd only just started. "Kenya's quite interesting, really," she replied slowly. "A lot of nature and history and stuff. Seems a bit random and I guess it is but there you have it," she added with a shrug.
"What's the most interesting place that you've been to?" Kendall asked, sort of as an afterthought. She found herself watching him as they walked, the way he moved his long limbs so casually as if he didn't have a care in the world. And Kendall reckoned he didn't at least far less than she did. They were both young, and yet they held the future of the wizarding community in their hands. Kendall could only hope that they would make it better.
Post by ANAKIN LUCAS HARLOW on Jul 21, 2017 11:53:00 GMT -6
Anakin was a bit frustrated by the way the stutter had crept into his words - it was an old nervous habit, a keepsake from his childhood years. It had disappeared for the most part upon his journey into teenage years, thankfully. However, whenever his nerves crept up on him, he knew the stutter wasn't far behind. He hated it. Kendall was so pretty, plus she had sort of thrown him off track by talking of the arranged marriage. It was, admittedly, a lot to take in.
He nodded slowly as Kendall described her enchantment with Kenya, which gave him the chance to regain his composure. "It sounds like you really enjoyed your time there. I've....not traveled too much. I got the opportunity to go to Tokyo with some friends right after graduation, though. That was pretty exciting." It had been on the occasion of a bachelor party for a bit older friend. The trip had been a blast.
They continued to walk slowly, neither in a rush. Anakin let his gaze wander, as it so often did, taking in the nature that surrounded them, as well as the people that clogged the sidewalk. It was busier than he would have expected, but that didn't matter. He had a way of zeroing in on whoever he was in the company of, so his attention was fully and completely on Kendall. "What's it like? Hogwarts?" He asked, curious about the other school.